PSNI Farmwatch event a huge success

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Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
Police in Newry and Armagh welcomed members of the rural and agricultural community to the launch of Farmwatch at Mourne Country Hotel last week. PSNI’s Farmwatch is a crime prevention initiative which provides schemes and information on protecting property in rural areas. A number of organisations took part with information stands from PSNI crime prevention, Farm Family Options, National Farmers Union, Rural Support, Tracker, South Down Family Health Initiative, Tank Commander, Northern Ireland Electricity and the Rural Council. Those attending were able to make the most of the expertise from professionals in all these organisations. HSCNI  also provided free health checks and the rural community were able to make the most of trailer marking which was on offer at the launch. The marking process involves a unique ID mark consisting of a series of letters and numbers being painted on a trailer in an easily visible area using specialist paint and stencils. The trailer owner’s details and ID mark are recorded and held on a PSNI database which can then be checked if a trailer is seen on the road or in a location at a time that’s unusual. This scheme is available at all times by contacting your local neighbourhood policing team on 0845 600 8000. Information on the Rural CCTV Scheme was also presented. The scheme will allow mobile CCTV camera equipment to be installed in farms and other rural properties to deter and detect attempts to cause damage and theft. Signs will be erected at properties where the cameras are in use. Crime Prevention Officer, Paula Crowe said, “This was a useful event which provided a one stop shop of crime prevention and advice for the rural community. “Residents in rural areas can often feel isolated and Farmwatch is designed to improve interaction with this community and ensure they are receiving timely and informative advice and support to help protect their property and assets. Crowe added, “Farmwatch will enable us to keep abreast of the rural community’s concerns and will also help us to reduce crime and the fear of crime.” If you were unable to attend the event but would like to benefit from the information on offer you can contact your local crime prevention officer on 0845 600 8000.
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